The Famous Attractions of Kumbhalgarh
Known mainly for its famous fort, the Kumbhalgarh area, also has several other beautiful landmarks that are worth a trip for every traveller who wishes to truly explore the lands of Rajasthan. Starting with the famous fort of Kumbhalgarh, which is Located 84 KMS north of Udaipur in the wilderness, stands as the second most important citadel after the well-know Chittaurgarh in the Mewar region.
This famous fort was built in the 15th century AD under the guidance of Rana Kumbha. The Kumbhalgarh fort has successfully served the rulers of Mewar as a refuge in times of strife. This famous fort of Kumbhalgarh is of immense sentimental significance for the people, being the birthplace of Mewar’s legendary king, Maharana Pratap. Apart from the fort there are also several other beautiful places to be visited in Kumbhalgarh, here are some of them.
1. Kumbhalgarh Wildlife Sanctuary
This famous sanctuary manages to surround the Kumbhalgarh Fort, and covers an area of about 586 sq.km. The sanctuary is situated across the Aravalli range that has derived its name from the Fort. The sanctuary houses several different wildlife species like chausinga, panther, wild boar, wolf, sloth bear, jackal, sambar, chinkara, leopards, hyena, jungle cat, nilgai and hare.
2. Badal Mahal
The Badal Mahal can be simply translated into English as “the Palace of Clouds”, this brilliant mansion is situated at the top of the Kumbhalgarh Fort. The rooms of this Mahal are predominantly in colour schemes of turquoise, green and white and are a contrast to the grim and earthy fortress, which gives it an amazingly authentic age-old look.
3. Ranakpur Jain
This group of temples is situated at a distance of 50kms from Kumbhalgarh. Tourists that come here, need to go through the route of Saira and Vanpura in order to reach this temple. Besides being a tranquil meditation centre, this place has also became a sculpture museum.